Vote 2020

Election and Voting Resources

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Introduction

Election Day is November 3

The #QUVotes Initiative

Getting Ready to Vote

Getting ready to vote

1. Make sure you’re registered to vote

Connecticut residents:

The Connecticut voter registration deadline is October 27 for online and by-mail voter registration.

Visit vote.org to check your registration status.

Limited Election Day voter registration is available in-person in Connecticut in some town halls, but not all polling places. Election Day registration permits anyone to register and vote in person on Election Day who meets the eligibility requirements for voting in this state and is not already registered, or is registered in one town but has moved to another town. Election Day registration is not available at your polling place, but is available at a designated Election Day registration location in each town, beginning at 6 a.m. and ending at 8 p.m. Learn more about Election Day voter registration

Out-of-state residents:

Out of state voters should consult their state's specific absentee and mail-in voter guidelines.

Are you registered to vote?

Check your voter status at vote.org

2. Be informed and motivate your friends

Learn about the issues on the ballot

Review Quinnipiac's 2020 vote guide

Download a virtual background for your Zoom meetings:

3. Make a voting plan

The best way to make sure you get to vote on Election Day is to make a plan.  

  1. Spend time understanding the issues; we've provided some resources above.
  2. Make a personalized voting plan
  3. Take the Pledge to Vote and receive reminders
  4. Make sure you're registered to vote
  5. Double-check your polling location
  6. Make a transportation plan to get to your polling location (see below).
  7. Give yourself ample time on Election Day; lines may be long. Don't forget to bring your mask.

Voting in Quarantine and Isolation

Voting in Quarantine and Isolation

Quinnipiac University supports its students’ constitutional right to vote and is committed to facilitating the free exercise of this right. Students actively quarantining or self-isolating who wish to vote in person may do so.

Voters have the right to vote, regardless of whether they are sick or in quarantine.

Please follow the procedures below, to ensure the health and safety of our entire community.

From CDC guidance: Voters who are sick or in quarantine should take steps to protect poll workers and other voters. This includes wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet away from others, and washing your hands or using hand sanitizer before and after voting. You should also let poll workers know that you are sick or in quarantine when you arrive at the polling location. Check with local authorities for any additional guidance. Additional information can be found here.

Before leaving to vote:

  • Email QISupport@quinnipiac.edu your plan, including: where your polling place is located, your estimated time of departure and your estimated time of arrival back on campus.
  • Pack at least one mask, your phone, a charger, a bottle of water, and hand sanitizer in the private vehicle you will be using to travel.

When traveling to vote:

  • Use a private vehicle, not public transportation
  • Travel alone – One exception: you may transport someone you are quarantining with (in your “family unit”) who also wishes to vote at the same polling place.
  • Travel directly to the polling place and back, with no stops along the way.
  • Wear a mask, keep six feet of distance between yourself and others at all times, and use hand sanitizer or wash hands frequently, including before entering a polling location.

After voting:

  • Return directly to campus (e.g., do not visit your family or friends, do not visit a drive-through restaurant).
  • Call the office of Bethany Zemba (203-582-7430), Chief of Staff to President Olian, and leave a message with your name and saying that you have returned to campus.

The university trusts its students to behave in the interest of public health and safety and observe CDC recommended safety precautions at all times.

As a reminder, anyone who comes into close contact (within 6 feet for more than a cumulative 15 minutes) with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 must quarantine for 14 days after exposure. If you have tested positive and come into close contact with someone while voting, please alert QI@quinnipiac.edu immediately, and include the name and phone number of the person.

Post-Election Day

Post-Election Day

Quinnipiac University: One Campus, One Commitment

The 2020 Election cycle represents one of the most contentious eras in recent memory. As voters prepare to exercise the highest act of democracy, they do so against the backdrop of a global pandemic that has claimed the lives of over 210,000 Americans and national reckonings around issues of racial justice. Accordingly, the increasingly divisive rhetoric and action embedded in this electoral cycle is heightened by these broader concerns and challenges. This presents a particular concern as we balance demands for civility against the realities of academic freedom. Regardless of the outcome of this election, we affirm the need to engage in respectful dialogue and action as one campus, with one commitment.

If you're experiencing stress or know someone who is struggling, we encourage you to use one of the following resources:

Complaints of discrimination, harrassment or bias-motivated acts or behavior:

  • Complaints of discrimination, harassment or bias-motivated acts or behavior against students or registered student organizations will be addressed pursuant to the Student Code of Conduct. Individuals reporting incidents pertaining to this policy should complete the Bias Incident Reporting Form or contact Don Sawyer, Interim University Title IX Coordinator directly at donald.sawyer@qu.edu or 203-582-7327.
  • Complaints of discrimination, harassment or bias-motivated acts or behavior against employees will be addressed by the Office of Human Resources or designee, pursuant to established policies and procedures. Individuals reporting incidents pertaining to this policy should complete the Bias Incident Reporting Form or contact Anna Spragg, Associate Vice President of Human Resources at anna.spragg@qu.edu or 203-582-7722.

Vision 2020: What happens if the US election is contested?

Upcoming Events

Events surrounding the election

Join the conversation and track the election

University organizations will be holding several Election Day themed events for students and staff to monitor and discuss the results:

Does Voting Get You Stressed?
Monday, November 2, 2 — 5 p.m.
Staff will host a table and give out stress balls and CARE bags. Find them in front of the steps of Bobcat Den or right outside Student Affairs Center.
Sponsored by: CARE and Student Conduct

Responsible and Faithful Citizenship: A Catholic Perspective
Monday, November 2, 7 p.m.
Father Joachim Kenney will facilitate a student discussion in the Center for Religion
Sponsored by: Religious Life

Does Voting Get You Stressed?
Tuesday, November 3, 2 — 5 p.m.
Staff will host a table and give out stress balls and CARE bags. Find them in front of the steps of Bobcat Den or right outside Student Affairs Center.
Sponsored by: CARE and Student Conduct

I vote because...
Tuesday, November 3, all day
Students will jot down why they vote throughout the day, get a treat to take away and we will display all the reasons.
Sponsored by: Student Centers & Student Involvement

Catch Your Breath
Tuesday, November 3, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
The Center for Religion Assembly Room will be open from 9am - 9pm as a safe space for students who may need to catch their breath on Election Day.
Sponsored by: Religious Life

Brave Space Processing
Tuesday, November 3, 12 p.m.
Join us for a brown bag discussion and bring your own lunch. Location and registration information to come.
Sponsored by: Residence Life

Caring for Yourself & Voting Your Values
Tuesday, November 3, 4 p.m.
De-stress, do self-care activities and share why you voted in The Village.
Sponsored by: Residential Life

Race to the Finish
Tuesday, November 3, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Election Day results live coverage with building-wide watch groups for the residents of Perlroth, Larson, Troup and Dana.
Sponsored by: Residential Life

Reflect and reconnect after the election

Post-Election De-Stress
Wednesday, November 4, all day
Come de-stress after the election. Hosted in the Office of Campus Life.
Sponsored by: SGA & Wellness Partnership

We Want YOU (To Run A Mile)
Wednesday, November 4, all day
Follow a run route on campus.
Sponsored by: Office of Campus Recreation

After the Election, Support and Next Steps
Wednesday, November 4, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Password: GSAAE
This virtual space will allow grad, medical, and law students to share thoughts, concerns, ideas, and how to best move forward after the election with staff members from Student Affairs (grad, medical, and law) and QU Counseling.
Sponsored by: Graduate Student Affairs, Law Student Affairs and Medical Student Affairs

Brave Space Processing
Wednesday, November 4, 12 p.m.
Join us for a brown bag discussion and bring your own lunch. Location and registration information to come.
Sponsored by: Residence Life

Community Conversation: Election 2020 – Where are we now?
Wednesday, November 4, 4 – 6 p.m.
In an effort to create space for processing, questions, and dialogue post election and potentially without a result, FSL's Katherine & Avery are hosting drop in Zoom hours to have a discussion revolving around the (known) results of the election and a way forward. All voices are invited to share thoughts and analysis on the election and what happens next.  
Sponsored by: Fraternity and Sorority Life

A Place at The Table: What Do We Do Now?
Wednesday, November 4, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
In an effort to create space for healing, processing, reflection and critical dialogue, The Department of Cultural and Global Engagement’s Intergroup Dialogue Series A Place at The Table seeks to have a discussion revolving around the results of the election and a way forwards for our Quinnipiac Community and nation. All voices are invited to share thoughts and analysis on the election and social issues that we face ahead.  
Sponsored by: Cultural and Global Engagement

After the Election, Support and Next Steps
Thursday, November 5, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Password: GSAAE
This virtual space will allow grad, medical, and law students to share thoughts, concerns, ideas, and how to best move forward after the election with staff members from Student Affairs (grad, medical, and law) and QU Counseling.
Sponsored by: Graduate Student Affairs, Law Student Affairs and Medical Student Affairs

What’s Next
Thursday, November 5, 7 p.m.
Staff and students will create infographics regarding what happens next now that the election is over. Location information to come.
Sponsored by: Residential Life

Processing the Election Results
Thursday, November 5, 9 p.m.
Village residents are invited to join this virtual processing event. Registration information to come.
Sponsored by: Residential Life

Stress relief
Thursday, November 5
Join us to relieve some stress after the election. Additional information to come.
Sponsored by: SGA & Counseling Services

What’s Next
Friday, November 6, 7 p.m.
Staff and students will create infographics regarding what happens next now that the election is over. Location information to come.
Sponsored by: Residential Life

Electoral College vs. Popular Vote
Friday, November 6, 2 – 3 p.m.
Password: GSAAE
Join us for a discussion on the Electoral College vs. the Popular Vote.
Sponsored by: Graduate Student Affairs & Medical Student Affairs

Post-Election Dialogue
Saturday, November 7, 8 p.m.
Creating a safe space for students to dialogue about the election. Location and registration information to come.
Sponsored by: Residential Life

Voter Demographic Impact and Election Results
Monday, November 9, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Password: GSAAE
Join us for a conversation on Voter Demographic Impact and Election Results.
Sponsored by: Graduate Student Affairs and Medical Student Affairs

After the Election, Support and Next Steps
Wednesday, November 11, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Password: GSAAE
This virtual space will allow grad, medical, and law students to share thoughts, concerns, ideas, and how to best move forward after the election with staff members from Student Affairs (grad, medical, and law) and QU Counseling.
Sponsored by: Graduate Student Affairs, Law Student Affairs and Medical Student Affairs

Agree or Disagree; Now Let’s Work Together
Thursday, November 12, 2 – 3 p.m.
Password: GSAAE
Join us for a conversation on the aftermath of the election.
Sponsored by: Graduate Student Affairs and Medical Student Affairs

After the Election, Support and Next Steps
Friday, November 13, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
This drop-in virtual space will allow grad, medical, and law students to share thoughts, concerns, ideas, and how to best move forward after the election with staff members from Student Affairs (grad, medical, and law) and QU Counseling. Registration information to come.
Sponsored by: Medical Student Affairs